Posted: Oct 18, 2013 7:53 AM by John Emeigh - MTN News
Updated: Oct 18, 2013 8:27 AM
Emotions ranged from anger to sadness during the sentencing hearing of a 23-year-old Glasgow man who was the drunk driver in the crash that killed Spencer Lewis. It was an alcohol-fueled joyride turned tragic and severely injured two passengers.
Myles Kittleson was in court for his sentencing for the 2012 fatal crash on Highway 43 near Divide.
"He drove like a suicidal maniac and frankly I can't really disagree with that statement," said Jed Fitch, Beaverhead County Attorney. "He drove that car 80-plus mph on one of Beaverhead County's worst roads."
"It's really tough living with myself knowing I took that amazing smile and laugh away from this world," Kittleson told the court.
A family member of a young girl severely injured in the crash wanted Kittleson to get the maximum penalty, but District Judge Loren Tucker struggled to find an appropriate sentence for such a tragic event.
"No matter what is pronounced at the end of this hearing that it will not make thing right," Tucker said. "It will not set things into adjustment so that everything will be mostly OK."
Kittleson was sentenced to 20 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all but four years suspended from the sentence. Fitch said there was a lesson in this terrible incident.
"Maybe some people can learn something from this," the attorney said. "Maybe more people will wear their seatbelts, maybe more people won't drive drunk."